From: Elizabeth Hardwick, Sleepless Nights (3)

Monday, 11 November 2019

With the hesitant intellectual years fly by like a day; life is shortened by the yellowing incompletes. The ‘book' - a plaguing growth that does not...

From Elizabeth Hardwick, Sleepless Nights (2)

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

All the retired people labored and labored for perfection. Additions, new wings, roofs sliced off, stairways turned around, bedrooms on the first floor,...

From: Elizabeth Hardwick, Sleepless Nights

Monday, 4 November 2019

I often think about bachelors. A life of pure decision, of thoughtful calculations, every inclination honoured. They go about on their own, nicely accompanied...

From: V. S. Naipaul, The Mimic Men

Monday, 4 November 2019

They talk of the light of the tropics and southern Spain. But there is no light like that of the temperate zone. It was a light which gave solidity to...

From: George Eliot, Middlemarch

Friday, 1 November 2019

…Lydgate…was at present too ill acquainted with disaster to enter into the pathos of a lot where everything is below the level of tragedy except the...

From: Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

‘Good. Coffee is good for you. It’s the caffeine in it. Caffeine, we are here. Caffeine puts a man on her horse and a woman in his grave. You know what’s...

From: Elif Batuman, The Possessed

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

The greatest Old Uzbek didactic writer was the twelfth-century poet Adib Akhmad Yugnakiy. Yugnakiy, who suffered from congenital blindness, demonstrated...

From: Dana Spiotta, Eat The Document

Friday, 25 October 2019

- He began to explain his temporary move back to suburbia, the saga of the failed offspring back at Mom and Stepdad’s. He mock-shuddered as he said the...

From: Alice Munro, Chaddeleys and Flemings

Friday, 25 October 2019

- Work would be what filled their lives, not conversation; work would be what gave their days shape. I know that now. Drawing the milk down through the...

From: Robert Bolaño, 2666

Thursday, 24 October 2019

- One day they had to leave the village. According to her parents they had no choice because the war was coming. Lotte thought that if the war was coming...

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